Alejandro Jose Noriega put an inflatable spa on his balcony but the strata said it was a hot tub and began fining him.
A B.C. man recently found himself in hot water with his strata council over an inflatable hot tub.
In October 2021, Alejandro Jose Noriega was informed by his home’s strata manager that someone had complained he had installed a hot tub on his patio.
He was given 30 days to remove it or face a $200 fine, plus an additional $200 every week, until it was gone.
That following January, he informed his strata cancel the inflatable hot tub was removed and asked that $600 in fines be cancelled, but the strata disagreed, saying he had made alterations to common property — where his patio was located — without permission.
Noreiga, however, claimed the spa was patio furniture as it was readily moveable. That same argument that has been successfully used in two recent, unrelated tribunals related to strata spats over hot tubs.
A B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal judge sided with Noreiga, cancelling the fines but stopped short of ordering the stata to allow him to keep the inflatable spa.